Home » Astronomy, Cosmology, Design inference, Fine tuning, ID Foundations, Privileged planet, Science, worldview issues and society » ID Foundations, 20: Caught between the Moon and New York City . . . the Privileged Planet thesis

ID Foundations, 20: Caught between the Moon and New York City . . . the Privileged Planet thesis

Yesterday, News put up a post on the mysterious origins of the moon, invoking a classic song on being caught between the Moon and New York City. (Niwrad added a post here on the multiverse that is also worth seeing. Kindly bear in mind this earlier ID Foundations post on fine tuning.)

Mahuna aptly comments:

“As the number of steps increases, the likelihood of a particular sequence decreases.”

OK, so Earth is not merely “very improbable”. It’s very VERY very improbable.

I don’t see this as a problem for Earth, which I think we can prove actually exists. I do see it causing a problem for all those “Earth 2″ exo-planets, of which we can subtract 99% (or something) based on the HIGHLY improbable repetition of the Earth-Moon formation.

You MUST have a Moon to produce tides. And it MUST be a large Moon to act as a final shield against space debris that got past the Gas Giants.

Hey, TGIF, so let’s cue the movie, Privileged Planet:

embedded by Embedded Video

YouTube Direkt

And while we are at it, here is Gonzalez — one of the PP principals –  in action on why is the universe fine-tuned for life, with links onward to design and cosmological arguments that point to God:

embedded by Embedded Video

YouTube Direkt

So, now, is it reasonable to infer from the privileged planet thesis and/or the broader cosmological fine-tuning case, that our observed universe and/or home planet can be best explained on design? Why or why not, and how does that interact with serious candidate, live option worldview alternatives? END

PS: Personal update, progress is good (as he came out of surgery and came around, the young man was answering questions in his favourite language — Spanish . . . I hereby unscientifically predict a Hispanic daughter in law!), now out of ICU, no evidence of nerve damage, cf. here.

  • Delicious
  • Facebook
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Twitter
  • RSS Feed

7 Responses to ID Foundations, 20: Caught between the Moon and New York City . . . the Privileged Planet thesis

  1. Popcorn night! Between the Moon and New York City we find . . . a (note indefinite article) privileged planet.

  2. Hello KF,
    A couple of years ago the same surgical procedure was performed on my niece. All went well and it led to a huge improvement. My best wishes to your son.

  3. Box, Thanks. KF

  4. Wow. I got cited. And me a Mere Searcher After Truth.

    Vince O’Mahony

  5. Cited for an excellent point.

  6. I enjoyed the Privileged Planet movie, tomorrow the lecture. Good news about your son’s progress and the language choice.
    :)

  7. Eugen:

    Good movie, good lecture — three hours of worthwhile viewing.

    Almost as good as the discovery that Caltech et al are putting up the Feynman Lectures online in toto, here on. (Hey, I have been trying to find a copy of Savelyev’s General Physics, vol II . . . I never got that volume way back. to round out my collection including Yavorsky-Pinsky. I find the Russian perspective a useful balance in studying/teaching Physics etc. BTW Mir went bust 2009. Granting there are defects, I think Chris Schiller’s Motion Mountain is unto something.)

    KF

    PS: Two short walks today.

Leave a Reply